Book Tag – Goodreads

I snagged this book tag from Kate over at Read, Eat, Retreat! 🙂

What was the last book you marked as read?

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Matchless, A Christmas Story (Gregory Maguire) – I’m not usually a fan of Gregory Maguire, but this retelling of The Little Matchgirl was very sweet and not too depressing. 😉 I’d recommend it as a quick Christmas-y read.

What are you currently reading?

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The Long Earth (Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter) – This sci-fi is an interesting take on what would happen if humans discovered a way to step between alternate universes. I’m really enjoying it so far!

What was the last book you marked as ‘to read’?

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Dear Fahrenheit 451: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Break Up Notes to the Books in Her Life (Annie Spence) – As a bibliophile, I guess it’s completely natural for me to love books about books. 🙂 This one is a collection of love letters and break up notes from the author to books she either can’t live without or can’t wait to get rid of. Sounds fun!

Do you use the star rating system?
Yep! I know some people don’t like it, but I find it very useful.

Are you doing the 2017 Reading Challenge?
Yep! I’ve decided to run the Goodreads Challenge and the 2017 PopSugar Reading Challenge simultaneously. I’m attempting to read at least 60 books, while completing as many of the categories from PopSugar as I can. I’m not doing too badly either. 49 books down so far and 30 categories completed!

Do you have a wishlist?
No, my To-Read list is wishlist enough. 😉

Who are your favourite authors?
Hm…I’m always bad at this question. Currently I love Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer is probably my favorite book of the year so far). I also love Neil Gaiman and John Green. Joseph Fink & Jeffery Cranor from Welcome to Night Vale are also great!

Have you joined any groups?
I’ve meandered my way through a few groups. My current ones are:

Top 5 Wednesday
Cozy Mysteries
Friends of the Apparating Library Book Club
EVERYONE Has Read This But Me
Ultimate Popsugar Reading Challenge

How many Goodreads shelves do you have?
36 outside of the regular ‘Read’, ‘Currently Reading’, ‘To Read’, and ‘Did Not Finish’ shelves.

I tag…
Kristen from The Brunette Bookworm Blog!


I also tag anyone else who wants to do this one! Please link your post in the comments so I can check it out! 😀

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T5W – Ravenpuffs Represent!

Hey all! Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is: Hogwarts House Pride, in which we are supposed to give you a list of five books that represent our Hogwarts House. But since I’ve always considered myself to actually be a mixture of TWO houses, I’m going to also give YOU a mixture. 😉

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What is a Ravenpuff, you might ask? Well, I tend to describe it as “bookish but friendly”. I enjoy losing myself in a fantasy world, but I also really love hanging out with my friends in this one. I consider myself a scientist AND a believer; as Sherwood Eddy said “Faith is not contrary to reason.” And I like to think I have enough sense to know when being right isn’t necessarily the most important thing…though I do love being right. 😉

So here are a few books that represent both of my houses and the lovely mixture that is Ravenpuff. 🙂

Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell) — Ravenpuff

17286849This one is slightly a cheat, since I’m mainly picking it because the main character, Cath, reminds me so much of myself. 😉 Cath is crazy about books & writing and completely obsessed with her fanfiction. She still makes time for her friends and real life, though, and even if she gets a bit defensive about it, isn’t afraid to admit when she’s wrong. This is kind of a “coming of age” story, showing just how much people can be changed by their first year of college.

A Dog’s Purpose (W. Bruce Cameron) — Hufflepuff

7723542I know, I know, picking a dog to represent one of my houses should be insulting, right? Not if you’ve read this book, it isn’t. “Dog” is one of the most loyal characters I’ve come across. Everything he does is for the good of his people. He doesn’t care about the danger to himself or whether or not he is rewarded, he just wants to make sure his people are ok. This was a very heart-warming tale and I highly recommend it, especially to dog owners.

Strange the Dreamer (Laini Taylor) — Ravenpuff

28449207Lazlo Strange, the main character in this book, is such a good representation of the Ravenpuff mentality. He’s extremely bookish and slightly obsessive about his favorite field of study, but he’s also immensely loyal and fair, even to people he doesn’t really like. By the end of the book, he’s willing to risk life and limb to make sure his loved ones are safe. This one is a duology, folks, so be prepared for a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to read the conclusion!!!

The Mermaid in the Basement (Gilbert Morris) — Ravenclaw

1964325The main character in this book, Lady Serafina Trent, is definitely a Ravenclaw. She is one of the most logic-based characters I’ve ever read. Almost a female version of Sherlock Holmes, Lady Trent uses science and method to try to save her brother from the gallows when he is accused of murder. She does get swayed a bit into the more emotional side of life by some of the characters, but she never loses her logic.

And speaking of Sherlock Holmes…

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle) — Ravenpuff

The ultimate Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff match-up. Holmes is super methodical and logic-based; virtually his entire life is devoted to improving his mind. Watson, on the other hand, is much more focused on the personal side of their cases, the people and their woes. They balance each other perfectly.
Book Illustration Depicting Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in a Train Cabin


What books do you think best represent your house?

 

Book Review – Strange the Dreamer

Book: Strange the Dreamer – Author: Laini Taylor

Genre: Fiction, Adventure, Supernatural-ish

Description from Goodreads:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

My Review:

There are few things more frustrating than the words “To Be Continued” at the end of an amazing book. Especially when you didn’t know it was a series. And the book just came out 3 weeks ago. AAAARRRRRGGGHHHHH!!!!!

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system…YOU ALL NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!

The world the author has created is amazingly detailed. Full of history and culture and so well described that even the most mythical of creatures seem realistic. This is a world that feels like it COULD exist, even as you are reading about flowers that can fly and castles that float. These are people you could know, even as they scream moths and fight ghosts.

The characters are completely genuine. I felt a kinship with the title character, Lazlo Strange. Seen as a bit of an odd duck, even around his fellow Librarians, Lazlo’s kind nature, sense of humor, and yes, love of books, endeared him to me. I also felt a strong affinity for Sarai, the other main character, who’s empathy allows her to understand both sides of the conflict and is understandably torn about choosing one or the other. In fact, all of the characters were written very complexly, allowing the reader to see bits of themselves in almost all of them.

I don’t want to go too much into the plot, because I definitely don’t want to spoil things for you. All I will say: You know that rare moment, when you are so completely caught up in a book that you realize you are physically leaning into it, as if that will somehow make the action happen faster, because you just HAVE to know what’s going to happen? I was like that for the entire last quarter of the book. The ‘To Be Continued’ is both a blessing and a curse, because I’m ecstatic that my time in Weep isn’t over, but I have no idea how long it will be until I can see it again.

This is my first foray into Laini Taylor novels and, if this one is any indication, I may have a new favorite author to add to my list. It’s not often that I finish a book and immediately rush onto my computer so I can post a review. This book, with it’s beautifully described world, amazing characters, and gripping plot, will stay with me for a very long time.

Similar Book(s):

American Gods – Neal Gaiman (More for the type of book than the plot.)